Tanzania represents, and contains, every part of Africa. It is Africa’s land of contrasts. From the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from the sun-kissed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago to the gentle shores of the Great Lakes. Tanzania contains immense cultural and natural wealth. It was here, on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that humankind’s earliest relatives walked, leaving their footprints behind as a mark of humanity’s beginning. It was here, on the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows from across the Indian Ocean.
For a millennia, Tanzania has played an essential part in the life of the African continent. The great wildebeest migration alone comprises the largest movement of land animals on the planet. With over 25% of the country’s total landmass dedicated to wildlife parks and conservation areas, Tanzania remains wholeheartedly committed to the preservation of Africa’s great wilderness and incredible range of animal species. The Republic of Tanzania is one of Africa’s most peaceful countries. Home to a flourishing democracy and prospering economy, the country is known for its peace and stability. A well-maintained infrastructure and three international airports connect its bustling commercial centres and ensures easy transportation, whether by road or by air. Tanzania’s people are a diverse mix of traditional tribes, village farmers and cosmopolitcan professionals united by a common language, Swahili, and a strong sense of national community.
Serengeti National Park, one of the most well known of all wildlife areas, attracts thousands of visitors each year for the annual wildebeest migration, and Ngorongoro crater – often called the 8th Natural Wonder of the World – is a must-see for it’s sheer beauty. Deep within the ancient caldera, herds of gazelle roam beside sated lions, and endangered black rhino and elusive cheetah can be spotted through the early morning mist.
Still, the big-name parks aren’t all the country has to offer. The elephants of Tarangire National Park and the tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara also reward the discerning traveler. The Saadani Game Reserve, famed for its views of elephant playing in the Indian Ocean surf, is just one of many lesser-known national parks that offer equally rewarding experiences for guests willing to wander off the beaten track.
But the magic of safari isn’t all this great country has to offer. Tropical beaches, coral reefs and Swahili culture along the Indian Ocean coast are also a major attraction for visitors who want to end their experience of Africa’s natural wonders with some well earned relaxation. For the more intrepid adventurers, a climb to the rooftop of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, is the highlight of a safari itinerary. Longer treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, through the magical Gol Mountains, up the active volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai or down Lake Tanganyika are a fantastic way to experience less-visited parts of the country in a new way.
Tanzania has a wealth of diverse groups that make up it’s national community. Hunter-gatherer groups and Maasai herders coexist in the Northern wilderness, and lesser know communities like the Wadorobo and the Iraqw also make up the collage of the country. Cultural tourism has become a popular choice for many visitors to Tanzania, with different programmes and itineraries on offer around the country. From day-hikes on the slopes of Mt Meru to honey collecting in the Usambaras, discovering local culture is a highlight for any visitor to Africa.
So welcome to Tanzania – experience the warmth of our people, the magic of our wilderness, and the splendour of our wildlife.
Karibu Tanzania – the heart of Africa.